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Meet The Deputy Directors

Howard Wasserstein, Deputy Director for Procurement, Distribution and Retail Operations

Howard Wasserstein, Deputy Director for Procurement, Distribution and Retail Operations

Howard Wasserstein was born and raised in New York City, New York. He is a graduate of Alfred University Alfred University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, in addition to an executive training program at The Wharton School of Management The Wharton School of Management.

Mr. Wasserstein worked for the Seagram Company as a sales and marketing executive for over 25 years, and took early retirement when the company was sold. He moved to Boise, Idaho, to open a upscale franchise restaurant. In 2010, he moved back into the industry as a consultant with Hayden Beverage Company in Boise.

Mr. Wasserstein accepted his current position as Deputy Director in the Procurement, Distribution and Retail Operations division with the State of Idaho in May of 2011.



Jon Spence, Deputy Director for Information Technology and Security

Jon Spence, Deputy Director for Information Technology and Security

Mr. Spence was appointed by Idaho State Liquor Division Director Jeff Anderson as Deputy Director for Information Technology & Security on September 16, 2013. He has been with the ISLD for nearly 20 years.

While studying Physics and Computer Science at Boise State University Boise State University, Mr. Spence was working part time at the Idaho State Fish and Game mail room and the BSU Bookstore. He applied to the ISLD in August of 1994 and was hired as a part time warehouse worker picking orders.

In 1998 he joined the Information Technology team. In 2001 he was promoted to a full time Associate Programmer and in 2003 he became the full time Senior Systems Technician and Web Design Specialist covering hardware, network administration, and creation of a new website. In 2008 he was promoted to Network Analyst taking on the advanced network and server duties for the ISLD and in 2013 assumed responsibility for the entire Information Technology and Security functions for the division’s central office, warehouse, and retail network.

Mr. Spence is a Gem State native, growing up in Heyburn, Idaho. He resides in Boise.


Tony Faraca, Deputy Director for Finance and Human Resources, Chief Deputy

Tony Faraca, Deputy Director for Finance and Human Resources, Chief Deputy

Tony Faraca joined the Idaho State Liquor Division on September 1, 2008. Prior to the ISLD, he worked in private industry and has extensive experience with large manufacturers and retailers including Chevron, Clorox, and Albertson’s.

Mr. Faraca has worked in a wide variety of administrative roles including accounting, budgeting, financial planning, analytics, contract negotiations, and human resources. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for capital project analysis, promotional and pricing analytics, consumer product launches, strategic planning, resource allocation, cost accounting, supply chain optimization, system integration, and organizational development.

Mr. Faraca is a graduate of the University of Idaho University of Idaho where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.